1. How the 33 1/3 Series, In Spite of Two Shrinking Industries, Continues to Thrive

    February 25, 2015 11:27 AM EST How 'Harry Potter' made the long-running series possible. You've heard it before: music criticism as we know it is dying , replaced with editorial positions at Apple or lifestyle reporters masquerading as music journalists. But in one tiny corner of the publishing industry, at…

  2. Hal David, Songwriting Legend, Dead at 91

    September 01, 2012 7:30 PM EDT With Burt Bacharach, Wrote Slew of Hits Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," "That's What Friends Are For," "What's New, Pussycat" Hal David, the stylish, heartfelt lyricist who teamed with Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless songs for…

  3. Lisa Marie Presley Makes Opry Debut: 'I'm Blown Away'

    August 22, 2012 1:00 PM EDT It's been quite a busy week in the life and career of Lisa Marie Presley . With a promotional stop in Music City to talk about her album "Storm & Grace," she could be found all over Nashville. Monday had her attending a luncheon in her honor at the city's BMI offices,…

  4. Betsey Johnson Catches Beatlemania

    February 14, 2012 2:45 PM EST Betseymania broke loose in the tents at Lincoln Center! In true Betsey Johnson style, the funky designer paid homage to the 1960's and The Beatles with her whacky touch when she revealed her fall collection Monday (Feb. 13) at New York Fashion Week. Seen + Heard at Fashion Week Click for…

  5. Bass Player Chuck Rainey Suffers Stroke

    November 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Prolific Artist Has Worked With Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin & Jackson Browne Chuck Rainey , a prolific bassist whose mile-long list of credits over the span of 43-plus years includes Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones and Steely Dan, suffered a stroke over the weekend, his wife said in a…

  6. Ask Billboard: Readers' Favorite Charted Odd Couples

    May 20, 2011 3:05 PM EDT Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, sales and airplay, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. READERS'…

  7. Shelby Lynne Plots Own Course With 'Tears'

    April 23, 2010 2:01 PM EDT S helby Lynne says that having her own label, the newly inaugurated Everso Records, for her newly released "Tears, Lies, and Alibis" will mean more music quicker from her in the future. "I have all kinds of plans," Lynne tells Billboard.com. "Finally I can do whatever…

  8. Oscar Winners On The Hot 100

    March 09, 2010 2:05 PM EST "Crazy Heart" emerged victorious at Sunday's (March 7) 82nd Annual Academy Awards. While lead character Jeff Bridges was anointed Best Actor, the film's theme likewise produced a coveted Oscar statue, as Ryan Bingham 's "The Weary Kind" earned Best Original…

  9. Chart Beat Wednesday: Owl City, Pet Shop Boys, John Mayer

    November 11, 2009 5:36 PM EST WHO? WHO? OWL CITY: Two weeks after reaching the summit on the Billboard Hot 100, and a week after entering the top 10 on Pop Songs, Owl City 's "Fireflies" continues to shine at multiple formats. The Minnesota-based collective helmed by singer-songwriter Adam Young becomes the…

  10. Stars Lining Up For Jerry Wexler Memorial Celebration

    October 13, 2009 4:39 PM EDT Jerry Wexler, the man who coined the term "rhythm and blues," will get a first-class memorial sendoff on Oct. 30 in New York City. Wexler died in August 2008, and it's been hard getting everyone in the same place for his service. But his kids, Lisa and Paul, have chosen the…

  11. April 16, 2009

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Ornette Coleman wins the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2006 album, “Sound Grammar,” the first jazz work to receive the honor. 2003 – R&B singer Luther Vandross is hospitalized after suffering a stroke in his Manhattan home. 1999 – Skip Spence of Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape…

  12. March 15, 2009

    March 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Bob Seger, George Harrison, Jackson Browne, Prince, the Dells, Traffic and ZZ Top are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 1999 – Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield, Paul McCartney and the Staple Singers are inducted into the Rock …

  13. Billboard Bits: The Roots, Guitar Center, Guinness

    December 09, 2008 4:19 PM EST The Roots will serve as the house band on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," which premieres March 2 on NBC. Fallon made the announcement yesterday (Dec. 8) on the show's newly launched Web site. Fallon is taking over "Late Night" for Conan O'Brien, who is in turn…

  14. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 2:24 PM EST THE 'DIE' IS CAST : Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl Crow ("Tomorrow Never Dies"). Jack White and Alicia Keys have avoided such a fate, as…

  15. Chart Beat: "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, Enya, AC/DC, Beyonce, Aretha Franklin

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Fred discusses "Another Way To Die," Taylor Swift, Patti LuPone, AC/DC, Beyonce and more! THE 'DIE' IS CAST: Recording a James Bond theme is not a guarantee for chart success - just ask Tina Turner ("Goldeneye"), a-ha ("The Living Daylights") or Sheryl…

  16. Chart Beat Chat: The Jonas Brothers, AC, ABBA

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss chart action from the Jonas Brothers, ABBA, women on the AC chart and more! WALKING BACK TO HELEN Hi Fred, What happened to last week's No. 8 song? Did it fall out of the top 50? Have you heard the music of British singer Helen Shapiro? I have only recently…

  17. This Day in Music

    May 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, taking home four honors, including entertainer of the year and male vocalist. Keith picks up album of the year f 2004 - Toby Keith is the big winner at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards,…

  18. This Day in Music

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Tejano music legend Laura Canales dies in Corpus Christi, Texas, of complications following surgery. She is 50 years old. Canales was the first massively popular female singer in the macho worl 2005 - Tejano music legend Laura Canales dies in Corpus Christi, Texas, of complications…

  19. Shelby Lynne / April 4, 2008 / New York (Society for Ethical Culture)

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The former church inside New York's Society for Ethical Culture headquarters seemed the ideal place to hear Shelby Lynne cover Dusty Springfield. Lynne has approached her new "Just a Little Lovin'" pr The former church inside New York's Society for Ethical Culture…

  20. Chart Beat

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Leona Lewis, American 'Idols,' Rick Ross and more! HIGHER 'LOVE': A 21-8 leap on The Billboard Hot 100 sends newcomer Leona Lewis into the top 10 and into chart history as one of the most successful debuting U.K. solo female artists of the rock era. "…

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